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Somenosuke of the Matsubaya, kamuro Wakagi and Wakaba, from the series Beauties for the Five Festivals (Bijin gosekku)

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MFA impressions: 11.14697, 21.8402


Ichirakutei Eisui ga 一楽亭栄水画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1795–97 (Kansei 7–9)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eisui list, #10.1; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 497, list no. C3; Ukiyo-e taikei 6 (1975), #252; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 2 (1962), #2312


Vertical ôban; 38.5 x 24 cm (15 3/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper